d

Dean Tudor's Profile

Title Last Reply

Ribs that don't fall off the bone

One half of Marky and Sparky is Sparky, who is half-owner of Butcher by Nature. He supplies the meat to himself, so at least the ribs are "sustainable" or natural. Such meats never fall off the bone ;-)

1 day ago
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

AYCE Salad Bars

sounds great, i`ll check it out!!!

Aug 18, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Acton's has been closed for over a year -- it is now something else, two owners removed from Pearce and Barrette...

Aug 18, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Relining copper pans

Mila, thank you ... we live in High Park, so it is Almost as far as Oakville, however I will phone!!!

Aug 17, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Relining copper pans

I will call them, thanks!!!

Aug 17, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Relining copper pans

Does anyone know of a Toronto tinner who can reline copper pans with thinning tin? Many thanks!

Aug 17, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

Wasn't there a middle european (Baltic?) place around the corner?

Csarda relocated northwards to east side of Bay, just south of La Scala...

Aug 17, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Old Toronto Restaurants you make the wishes for the comeback

My own memory of the Savarin was of the lady with her hair in a bun guarding the seafood at the back of the counter. You would have had to reach hard for the seafood. Instead, she doled it out by the teaspoon...

Aug 17, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

AYCE Salad Bars

Are there any AYCE Salad Bars still functioning in Toronto?

Please inform me!!!!!!

Aug 16, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
1

Sorrell

There is plenty of stuff out there -- just spell it correctly --

SORREL

https://www.google.ca/search?q=sorrel...

Aug 16, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages Aug 16 release: some notes

me too!

Aug 12, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages Aug 16 release: some notes

my notes

Aug 12, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages Aug 16 release: some notes

====?>>> ** BEST WINE VALUE OF THE RELEASE *UNDER* $20
Gerard Bertrand Saint Chinian Syrah/Mourvedre 2009, +370247, $17.95: this month;s candidate for a nicely aged syrah from the south of France. MVC all the way, with some movvie tones. 14.5% ABV, cork closure. QPR: 92.

TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $25:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
1.Dr.Hermann Erdener Treppchen Riesling Auslese 2005 Mosel, +376368, $23.95. QPR: 92.
2.Tawse Redstone Limestone Vineyard South Riesling 2012 VQA Twenty Mile Bench, +381251, $18.95: off-dry and delicious, 9.5% ABV, twist top. Perfect for summer sipping, lovely fruity flavours. QPR: 89.
3.Vineland Estates Elevation St. Urban Vineyard Riesling 2012 VQA Niagara Escarpment, +38117, $19.95: one of the finest traditional-styled Rieslings in Ontario, distinguished, age-worthy, 9% ABV. Good Mosel character. QPR: 89.
4.Montes Alpha Chardonnay 2012 Casablanca, +390203, $19.95: well-priced treasure chest of chardonnay aromas and bouquets, balanced, toasty wood-finish, 14%, cork closure. QPR: 91.
5.Thornbury Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, +734798, $18.95: some good character, tamed grass, tropical fruit peeps out, long finish, twist top, 13% ABV. QPR: 89.
6.Excelsior Sauvignon Blanc 2013 WO Robertson South Africa, +382085, $12.95: nice price-point for a balanced savvy that is delicious and not overly zesty. QPR: 89.
7.Guillaume Aurele Viognier 2013 IGP Pay d'Oc, +380741, $13.95: layers of fruit, longish finish, good south of France MVC feel, affordable twist top. QPR: 89.
8.Durbacher Klingelberger Riesling Trocken 2012 Baden, +378331, $16.95: close to Alsace in style (it is made not far away, same climate), very good Riesling character, 11.5% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.

TOP VALUE RED WINES under $25:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
1.Decero Remolinos Vineyard Malbec 2011 Agrelo Mendoza, +247304, $22.95. QPR: 90.
2.Chateau de Lastours Grande Reserve Corbieres 2008, +383067, $22.95. QPR: 90.
3.Ninin de Antonio Izquierdo 2009 Ribera del Duero, +380766, $23.95. QPR: 91
4.Domaine Bousquet Reserve Malbec 2012 Uco Valley Mendoza, +55244, $15.95: very bright fruit driven wine, 15% ABV, organic grapes, malbec to a T. QPR: 89.
5.Chateau de Gourgazaud Cuvee Mathilde Minervois 2011, +958629, $14.95: good blend of syrah and mourvedre, not at the level of Bertrand (above) but still very syrah-dominated. 13.5% ABV. Cork closure, QPR: 89.
6.Apollonio Copertino Rosso 2007 Puglia, +23226, $18.95: plummy, good depth to the aging (now seven years old), 14% ABV, a bargain. QPR: 89.
7.Zeni Marogne Ripasso Valpolicella Superiore 2011, +220830, $17.95: this month's LCBO ripasso. QPR: 89.
8.Lopez de Haro Crianza 2008 Rioja, +377481, $15.95: a nicely aged wine, 18 months in French and American oak – which is three times the norm for a Crianza. Expect tobacco and dried fruit tones, excellent for the next year. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.

Aug 12, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
2

Local Beer Recs?

Black Oak has a nice line of beers in different styles.

Aug 05, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

The Passenger -- Junction restaurant from the owners of The Beet

"Little puffs of air" -- that would be gnudi

Aug 05, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Food Day Canada, Aug 2, 2014 -- what's local/Canadian on your plate?

OK, so this crept up on me yet again....

Nevertheless, without foreknowledge, we had organic local eggs for breakfast, followed by East Coast halibut cheeks for lunch, with dinner set at a Tamworth fresh leg steak. Appropriate local veggies/fruit of course, plus a VQA wine or two.

http://fooddaycanada.ca/

What's your day like? Please advise!!

Aug 02, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Ontario Wine Promotion Sept 14 - Oct 11 -- report of preview tasting

This year's promotion features 173 products from more than 30 Ontario wineries. About 155 restaurants across Ontario will have their own Taste Local program with by-the-glass servings during this period.

There are 21 new Ontario VQA wines available, the wine media tasted most of them, plus some others from the Vintages and Essentials release.

I have no notes because the wines are pretty basic: they are what they are; the main question is affordability. (try putting a colon and a semi-colon into the same sentence...)

I hope that this is useful. I do not work for the LCBO, or for VQA or Ontario Wine Country.

**** BEST -- Four Stars (91+ in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Peller Family Series Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2013, +371864, $11.95.
-- I really liked this one, great savvy character at a cheap price.

-Angels Gate Handsome Brut VQA sparkling, $24.95
--the only real sparkler, and nicely done.

-Norm Hardie County Pinot Noir 2012 VQA PEC, +125310 Vintages, $39
--better each year

-Charles Baker Picone Vineyard Riesling Vinemount Ridge VQA 2011, +241182 Vintages, $35.20
--also better each year

***1/2 BETTER -- Three and a Half Stars (88 – 90 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Colio Bricklayer's Predicament Cabernet Merlot VQA 2012, +371575, $14.95
-Vintage Ink Rite of Passage Chardonnay VQA 2012, +245712, $16.95
-Vintage Ink Mark of Passion Merlot-Cabernet VQA 2011, +250209, $17.95
-Inniskillin Pinot Grigio VQA 2013, +348979, $14.95
-Silver Ray Riesling Gewurztraminer VQA 2013, +372771, $13.95
-Peninsula Ridge Riesling VQA 2013, +387043, $12.95
-Featherstone Cab Franc 2012 VQA, +64618 Vintages $17.95
-The Foreign Affair Conspiracy Red 2012 VQA, +149237, $19.95 Vintages
-Hidden Bench Pinot Noir 2011 VQA, +274753, $32.95 Vintages
-Bricklayer's Reward Sauvignon Blanc 2013 VQA, Vintages +391466, $15.95
-Sprucewood Shores Chardonnay Unoaked Hawk's Flight 2013 VQA LENS, +391730, $16.95
-Tawse Grower's Blend Pinot Noir 2010 VQA, +1300989 Vintages, $24.95

*** GOOD -- Three Stars (85 – 87 in Quality/Price Rating terms):
-Sandbanks Sauvignon Blanc VQA 2012, +355974, $16.95
-Bricklayer's Predicament Chardonnay-Pinot Grigio VQA 2013, +371567, $14.95
-Silver Bay Pinot Noir VQA 2013, +372789, $14.95
-Wayne Gretzky Estates Riesling VQA 2101, +144865, $13.95
-EastDell Estates Soaring White VQA 2013, +387431, $13.95
-Angels Gate Riesling VQA 2010, $13.95 +160523
-Open Smooth White VQA 2013, +387050, $11.95
-Scarlet Red Cabernet Franc VQA 2013, +387067, $14.95
-Pillitteri Canadian Gothic Chardonnay VQA 2012, $12.95
-Pillitteri Canadian Gothic Cabernet Merlot VQA 2011, $12.95
-Rockway Patio 9 White VQA 2013 sparkling, $12.95, +341693
--9% ABV
-Rosehall Run Cuvee County Chardonnay 2011 PEC VQA $21.95 +132928 Vintages
-13th Street Cabernet Merlot 2012, +56598, $19.95 Vintages

Aug 02, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
1

LCBO Vintages Aug 2 release notes of the "best" wines under $25

====?>>> ** BEST WINE VALUE OF THE RELEASE *UNDER* $20

Tanunda Creek Vineyards Loan Wines Special Reserve Semillon 2005 Unoaked Barossa, +301127, $16.95: delicious over-the-top waxy “Hunter Valley” style MVC semillon, 13.5% ABV, twist top. Even better as a mid-course BBQ wine. QPR: 92.

TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $25:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
1.Angels Gate Old Vines Chardonnay 2011 VQA Beamsville Bench, +116350, $23.95. QPR: 93
2.Nyarai Cellars Viognier 2012 VQA Niagara, +378414, $21.95. QPR: 90
3.Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, +164228, $24.95. QPR: 90
4.Chateau Thieuley Cuvee Francis Courselle Blanc 2010 Bordeaux, +2170, $22.95. QPR: 90
5.Domaine du Chardonnay Chablis 2012, +183574, $21.95. QPR: 90
6.Henry of Pelham Family Tree White 2010 VQA Niagara, +251116, $17.95: meant to accompany the highly rated Red reviewed a few issues ago. This one is quality through mostly chardonnay (including musque), with gewurztraminer (29%) and viognier (14%). Try alone as a sipper. QPR: 89.
7.Fincas Patagonicas Zolo Torrontes 2013 Mendoza, +183913, $13.95: this is a dryish version, sip or food, with the lingering aromatic floral tones. Long finish promotes this wine to first-course food. QPR: 90.
8.Ventisquero Reserva Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Casablanca Valley, +211904, $13.95: terrific MVC savvy from Chile, 12.5% ABV, affordable. QPR: 89.
9.Chateau de la Bigotiere Sevre & Maine Sur Lie Muscadet 2012, +377739, $15.95: definite accompaniment to the catch of the day, straight down the middle MVC muscadet, 12% ABV. QPR: 89.
10.Domaine de Millet Colombard/Ugni Blanc 2012 IGP Cotes de Gascogne, +380733, $14.95: a good value summer food wine, lemons and herbs (garrigue) abound, nicely light at 11.5% ABV. Twist top. QPR: 89.
11.Camp Romain Laudun Cotes du Rhone-Villages Blanc 2013, +380725, $17.95: loaded with floral notes but better with seafood with its grenache blanc, clairette, viognier, and roussanne blend. 13% ABV, cork finish. QPR: 89.
12.Darting Durkheimer Michelsberg Riesling Kabinett 2012 Pfalz, +950212, $18.95: delicious exotic fruit tones, with citric backbite that also makes it useful with a first course, in addition to just sipping as an off-dry wine. 9.5% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.
13.Boutari Santorini 2013 Greece, +47985, $18.95: extremely fresh and youthful Santorini, the current darling white from Greece. Good acid and green fruit balance, lemon-fresh finish. QPR: 89.

TOP VALUE RED WINES under $25:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
1.Evans & Tate Metricup Road Cabernet/Merlot 2011 Margaret River, +376848, $22.95. QPR: 90.
2.Teusner The Riebke Shiraz 2012 Barossa, +48470, $24.95. QPR: 90.
3.Nederburg Manor House Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 WO Western Cape, +68767, $16.95: classic cabby, cork finish, 14.5% ABV. Will please everyone. QPR: 89.
4.Collefrisio Zero Montepulciano d'Abruzzo 2011, +379040, $16.95: made in a modern North American appeal style with some finishing acid. Organic. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
5.Piccini Sasso Al Poggio 2008 IGT Toscana, +134809, $19.95: affordable supertuscan blend, 14% ABV, red and black fruit, some raisins, drying out nicely after six years. QPR: 89.
6.Tommasi Poggio Al Tufo Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 IGT Toscana, +203927, $17.95: soft and fruity in North American style, 1 year in oak and should improve. 13% ABV. QPR: 89.
7.Arrocal 2012 Ribera del Duero, +67868, $17.95: All tempranillo, with depth, flavours, and oaking – all are here. 14% ABV. QPR: 89.

Jul 31, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
3

Little Sister Indonesian Food Bar

It's also a fun place, great cocktails.

Jul 30, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bloor west restaurant for family dinner

Try the Old Mill Sunday buffet...

Jul 29, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

Can we vote? Just close it, thanks...

Jul 29, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
3

Bad Service - Libretto's on Ossington

when dessert comes, not only do I ask for the bill but also I give them my card. De rigeur, no exceptions.

Jul 26, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SOUPE DE POISSON ( as they do in France)

Follow up -- bought 2 mason jars of soupe de poisson ($15.50 each plus hst), and one of smoked duck ragu ($18 plus tax).

Soupe can feed three people, excellent balance although you can definitely taste the saffron. More salty than I would like it, but I am a minimalist. My wife liked the salt. Had it with grilled homemade croutons and gruyere, too tired to make rouille tonight. Maybe with the next bottle.

Good stuff, I'll be back to Chabichou, after trying Batifole version.

Jul 25, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SOUPE DE POISSON ( as they do in France)

Snarf, thank you for the lead. The soupe is the hard part, I can live without the other bits or do them myself.

Jul 23, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

SOUPE DE POISSON ( as they do in France)

Folks, I'm looking for a soupe de poisson as in France (pulverized fish pieces, gruyere, crostini, aioli). Batifole has one -- are there any other places? I used to get it at Novotel when they had an all-French menu last century...

Any help would be appreciated -- even if it is in a bocal at a food store!!

Jul 22, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages July 19 release notes

I started using it when I thought the wine might/should have a twist top, given its popularity. So I've used it about four years.

You are the first to have drawn it to my attention, despite the 8 million readers i have (JOKE), I will change it to "cork closure", thanks for noticing...

Jul 22, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages July 19 release notes

The wine has a cork closure, not a screw cap...

Jul 21, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages July 19 release notes

15 times? wow .. I must try that. Normally, I do it once or twice ... 15...builds muscles too!!!

Jul 20, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)

LCBO Vintages July 19 release notes

TOP VALUE WHITE WINES under $25:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
1.Campo di Sasso Mount Nelson Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Marlborough, +694752, $21.95, 90 points.
2.Steve Bird Sauvignon Blanc 2013 Marlborough, +178319, $18.95: distinctive good quality savvy, with fruit and acid balance in play, 13.5% ABV, twist top. QPR: 89.
3.Domaine Bellevue Touraine Sauvignon Blanc 2012, +82305, $13.95: good value in savvy MVC, cork finish, 12.5% ABV. Gold Medalist. QPR: 89.
4.Code Inspiration Viognier 2013 IGP Pays d'Oc, +380758, $14.95: affordable tropical and plush aromatics with some savouriness on the palate, 13.5% ABV, from a co-op of 167 winemakers. QPR: 89.
5.Dr.Pauly-Bergweiler Riesling 2012 Mosel, +596601, $13.95: another treasure with intense, delicious orchard fruit, twist top, 10% ABV, finishing dry. QPR: 89.
6.Le Monde Pinot Bianco 2012 Fruili Grave, +372417, $17.95: good depth, minerals, orchard fruit, finishes dry but with a kick. Better with food. QPR: 89.
7.Miguel Torres Gran Vina Sol Chardonnay 2012 Penedes, +171660, $15.95: made since late 1960s, amazing value for a barrel fermented chardonnay coming in at 13.5% ABV. Now in twist top. QPR: 89.
8.Paco & Lola Albarino 2012 Rias Baixas, +350041, $18.95: aromatic beginnings, mid-palate check on fruit, lovely lemon and mineral finish. Twist top, 12.5% ABV. QPR: 89.

TOP VALUE RED WINES under $25:
^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
1.Castello di Gabbiano Chianti Classico Riserva 2009, +216309, $22.95, 89 points.
2.Convento San Francisco 2005 Ribera del Duero, +206409, $21.95, 90 points.
3.Paul Hobbs Vina Cobos Felino Malbec 2012 Mendoza, +118067, $19.95: good whiff of California sunshine here, with plummy black fruit. Unfiltered. QPR: 88.
4.Small Gully Mr. Black's Little Book Shiraz 2011 Barossa, +287979, $17.95: tight aromatics with some mint, smoky on the finish, lots of fruit on the mid-palate. Twist top. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
5.Chateau Haut-Dina 2010 Castillon Cotes de Bordeaux, +374389, $15.95: underpriced compelling red wine with Bordeaux character in spades. 13% ABV. QPR: 89.
6.Vallone Vereto Salice Salentino 2010 Puglia, +379255, $17.95: overwhelming BBQ wine, delicious, 13.5% ABV, Very smooth. QPR: 89.
7.Renzo Masi Chianti Riserva 2009, +969469, $15.95: excellent price for a nicely aged Chianti from anywhere in the region made to the Riserva level. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.
8.Abad dom Bueno Crianza 2006 Bierzo, +244699, $14.95: another interesting and valued wine from outside the Rioja area, North American appeal. From mencia grapes. QPR: 89.
9.CVNE Vina Real Plata Crianza 2009 Rioja, +657411, $18.95: it looks as if Spain has the last values in wines under $20. Here is another one, an MVC Rioja at a bargain price, aged 5 years already. 13.5% ABV. QPR: 89.

Jul 20, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
1

SUMMERLICIOUS 2014

FYI, my wife and I went to 10 lunches at varying prices $15 - $25. Total was $610.82, which included taxes, tips, seniors' TTC, but NO BEVERAGES or EXTRAS. That was $61.08 for two, on average, all in, at each of Chiado, Arisu, La Fenice, Harlem, Quince, Pangea, Tutti Matti, Frida, Splendido, and Globe (in that order).

We enjoyed them all, some more than others. No problems with service (this is lunch).

Jul 18, 2014
Dean Tudor in Ontario (inc. Toronto)
2